Former FBI Director James Comey Gets Subpoena From House Republicans

- Former FBI chief James Comey said Thursday he will resist a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee December 3 unless that happens publicly because House Republicans will distort anything he says behind closed doors.

Last week, when Democrats were warned that Comey and Lynch would likely be subpoenaed, Judiciary panel ranking Democrat, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, N.Y., admonished panel Republicans for issuing them "out of the blue, with very little time left on the calendar".

Comey tweets: "I'm still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions". "But I will resist a "closed door" thing because I've seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion", he wrote in a Thanksgiving Day tweet, acknowledging he had received the subpoena.

The request from House Republicans isn't a surprise.

In 2016, Comey insisted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not going to investigate Clinton for keeping a server in the basement of her home - a move which Republicans say was intentionally to boost her chances against Donald Trump.

The subpoenas, issued Wednesday but revealed publicly Thanksgiving morning, completed the threats issued by GOP committee chairman Bob Goodlatte earlier in the week.

Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who is retiring, is requesting private depositions from Comey on December 3 and Lynch on December 4.

The subpoenas come three weeks before the House Judiciary Committee switches hands.

But Republicans will only control the House until January, when Democrats will take over the chamber - and its many committees - after a wave of electoral victories in the midterm elections won Democrats a House majority. "Accordingly, Mr. Comey will resist in Court this abuse of process".

David Kelley, an attorney for Comey, said Thursday that his client will fight the order in court.

Democrats say that it's all a distraction from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, which Trump has repeatedly described as a "witch hunt".

  • Jon Douglas